Kathrynzj says at RevGals:
This past holiday season is not one I will soon forget, but not for the reason some may think. Certainly, it was a busy one for those involved in the life of the church. The 1-2 punch of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on a Sunday brought more than a few of us to our knees (or hopefully to a more comfortable napping position).
In the midst of the holiday season I had one of those moments where a path suddenly was made clear - A-ha! This experience has prompted me to wonder what some of your A-ha moments may be.
They can be mundane - a realization that you like/don't like a certain food or that you really look good in that color you never had the guts to try. They can be sacred - a way to better pace your day clicks into place or finally a devotion or meditation practice that really works for you. They can be profound - the moment you realized he/she was the one (or wasn't)or the moment you realized where your deepest passion could meet the world's greatest need.
Please tell us - what are five (more or less) of your 'A-ha' moments. Where have you had a moment of clarity?
Be sure to let us know in the comments when you play so that we can learn about your moments of clarity! Can't remember how? Here's a reminder on making that pesky link.
Happy New Year!
1) At some point(s) when a child I realized that a) if people got shot, they weren't automatically dead & 2) if someone broke an arm (for instance) it didn't break OFF.
2) Leaving my grandparents' Florida house at about 8 and realizing that I might not see them again, and crying because of that. We only saw them once a year and every year after that, I cried when we left. (As it turns out, they lived until I was 26 and I was with my grandfather when he died...just goes to show you that worrying about things doesn't get you anywhere.)
3) in grad school, I stood by a copier and asked desperately, "Oh, God, what I am going to DO with her!?"
and God said, "I'll grant you the serenity to accept the thing you cannot change." Understanding FLOODED me and I laughed!
The person next to me said, "what are you laughing about?"
"I can't CHANGE people!" I laughed.
"Well, of course not!" she said, practically. "Why would you want to try?"
"Oh," I said, "you have no idea."
That was the conversation that allowed me to experience and believe in God in a new way, too. That was big.
4) Realizing in energy work therapy that my body holds old (and new) memories, angers, fears, regrets, and that I need to clean those things out periodically. And also work on not holding them as much, if possble, through some specific daily practices.
5) Realizing that there were different theories of the Atonement and that I didn't have to accept the one I was brought up with. This was good, because otherwise I was thinking I was going to have to leave the church.
Bonus: Realizing that I had to let someone I loved, go, to make his own mistakes and that furthermore, there was no point in worrying about it. Before that happened, I also realized that I had to exert my power and anger and fight back against him on something. It was a difficult situation for this Enneagram 9, but truth was spoken.